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Technology, A New Expert Witness in Los Angeles Child Pornography Cases

Posted on: April 29, 2010 at 6:08 p.m.

When a Los Angeles Child Pornography Defense Attorney defends someone charged with possession, distribution or making child porn, he has to fight some very strict laws. Now, with new technological developments, defendants in child pornography cases are facing even more difficult circumstances. Law enforcement officials, such as the FBI and Los Angeles Police Department, are constantly creating new technologies to find sex crime offenders. These law enforcement tactics require the skill and experienced of a highly qualified Defense Lawyer.

A new program designed by Columbia University uses algorithms to find child pornography on people’s computers. A computer science professor said “It uses machine-learning algorithms to distinguish child from not-child." The program allegedly measures the distance between a person’s eyes and nose (as well as other facial features) to separate children from adults. When a Attorney has to defend against such technology, he needs to be able to combat such a high level of technology. Supposedly, the program is 70 percent accurate in identifying children, which means the program has at least a 30 percent margin of error! Someone could be sent to jail for possessing child pornography because a program that gets things wrong at least 30 percent of the time accuses them.

Spotting child pornography is incredibly difficult. However, law enforcement officials are still employing digital sex crime evidence detectives that are 60 percent accurate because they are doing whatever they can to catch potential criminals. Unfortunately, when someone is accused of possessing child porn, it is as damning to the public as if the individual was actually convicted.

Computer crimes and Internet crimes are causing law enforcement to develop new levels of technology in order to prove the guilt of the accused. However, with technology come all sorts of problems in terms of determining the accuracy of the technology in question. Only a skilled, experienced Los Angeles Child Pornography Lawyer will understand how to effectively defend someone charged by a computer program. Being able to dissect the technology used by the prosecution requires a defense lawyer who knows the laws, the technology and is a tirelessly legal advocate.

If you or someone you love has been charged with a child porn violation, contact the team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin. Our criminal defense experience and they have worked for District Attorney’s Offices, giving them an insider’s perspective on prosecution tactics.

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Artyom Baghdishyan on June 8, 2010 at 1:59 p.m. wrote:

Although it is true that such technology has a considerable margin of error, I still think that it is a good idea to use it. The reason for this is that knowledge about this special program might scare potential child porn viewers from watching or searching for those films. Additionally, opposition to this software might inhibit its development into a more efficient and accurate way of finding child porn viewers.

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